Minister’s Column

Regarding the KKK Recruitment Flyers in Waynesboro

A RESPONSIBILITY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST HATE a statement by the Rev. Paul Oakley Waynesboro, Virginia, City Council Meeting Council Chambers in the Charles T. Yancey Municipal Building 7:00 PM, Monday, November 27, 2017     Mr. Mayor and City Council members,   I am the Reverend Paul Oakley, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship … Continued

What Must We Do to Save the World?

In the Winter 2017 issue of UU World magazine, there is an article that asks six Unitarian Universalist leaders four questions relating to whether you have to be an activist to be a Unitarian Universalist. I encourage you to read it. My friend the Rev. Robin Bartlett is a Christian-identifying UU minister serving a congregation … Continued

Update from Your Board and Minister

Dear Members and Friends of the UUFW:   On Friday, Sgt. Brian Edwards of the Waynesboro police identified our disruptive visitor from last Sunday, and indicated that he knew him. Sgt. Edwards visited Will at his apartment. Will acknowledged to Sgt. Edwards that he’d been drinking and was contrite about his actions, recognizing that they … Continued

Pastoral Letter after racist disruption of service

Dear Members and Friends of the Fellowship,   If you were present at the service this morning or have talked with people who were, you know we had a disruption in our service. Some of us are angry that our space was invaded and our service disrespected. Some of us are feeling unsafe in our … Continued

A Charge to Love and Grow. Together

At the end of October in Auburn, Maine, I will participate in the ordination of Charlotte Lehman, the final member of my seminary class to be ordained. We started at Meadville Lombard Theological School together in 2009 and graduated together in 2012. Some of our original cohort dropped out of the process along the way. … Continued

Entertaining Angels

Children have been back in school here for a few weeks. It is the Labor Day weekend. A busy fall lies ahead. We’ve had a few days of heavy rain and cool weather that made it seem like fall was close. I turned to Walter, as we looked out at the Blue Ridge, and asked, … Continued

Catching My Breath

As I write this column I am still catching my breath after spending a week in New Orleans for Ministry Days (MD), the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA), and General Assembly (GA), the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA). At the beginning of the week in the … Continued

Summertime? We’re here!

It’s that time of year when Unitarian Universalist congregations are winding down, getting ready to do things on a different schedule or scale. Time was when many Unitarian churches completely shut down for a couple of months each summer. It made a certain sense if you were upper middle class, lived in Massachusetts, and assumed … Continued